When planning your new bathroom it’s important to begin by thinking about how it will be used and by whom. People’s requirements can often be very different:
Family bathroom: In a family bathroom you want to create a space that caters for growing families
Ensuite: An ensuite should be a sanctuary that’s both luxurious and practical – a space where you can escape and relax.
Guest bathroom: Here you want to create a space that is both welcoming and pampering.
Rental property: Reliability and durability are the most important when selecting products for a rental property.
Before planning your layout think carefully about what you like and dislike about your current bathroom. Make a list and prioritise which features you’d most like to see in your new bathroom. Maybe it’s an oversize walkin shower, a large vanity with two sinks, a separate enclosure for your toilet, or a large free-standing bath.
Gather inspiration of bathrooms you like from magazines and the internet. This could help when you’re planning your layout.
Your new bathroom layout can make all the difference, so be sure to plan carefully:
Bathtub – These days many people are trading or downsizing their bath for a luxurious walk-in shower. This can be a great option, although you may want to consider retaining at least one bath in the house – it can add to the value of your property.
Vanity – The vanity plays an integral role in your bathroom – choose a spot that won’t interfere with your traffic, and make sure there’s room above for mirror and wall cabinets.
Shower – Make the best use of space in small bathrooms by going for an open walk-in shower that doesn’t need a curtain or door.
Plumbing Practicalities – Plumbing is a major cost in any bathroom project. In a renovation, try to keep costs down by limiting the need for adjusting your existing plumbing set-up.